Our Staff

Chad Bertrand


Chad is a native Houstonian who has served as a pastor for over 10 years, and has been a part of mission work on five continents. He has recently served as the Coordinator of the Texas Baptists Church Planting Center at Tallowood Baptist Church. He attended Howard Payne University for his undergrad, and achieved both his Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry at Truett Seminary. Chad and his wife Lori have four children – David, Ryen, Sawyer, and Della. He enjoys spending time with his family, running, and a good cup of coffee.

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Tricia Smith

Children's Ministry Director

Tricia and her family started attending South Park in 2007. She has worked with children in GA's and now serves in TeamKID on Wednesday evenings. She was raised in a Christian home and committed her life to Jesus when she was seven years old. Tricia has helped in many children's programs throughout the years, in several churches where her father served as pastor. She has worked in Mother's Day Out programs with babies through preschool age children, while her children were attending those schools.  She is now employed part-time at an internal medicine clinic.
Tricia's husband, Bobby, served as chairman of the building Team and currently serving as the chairman of the Property Committee. Their children, Evelyn and RJ, are members of SPY.
Tricia really felt God's hand leading her to this position. Her goal is to help grow the Kingdom of God by reaching children and their families for Christ.


Cullene Hobbs

Worship Choir Leader

Cullene Hobbs is the current Worship Choir leader. Cullene and her husband, Larry, first came to South Park in 1984. Cullene has served in several capacities throughout the years at South Park including Sunday School teacher, Children’s Choir director, Youth Choir accompanist, church accompanist and Youth and Education secretary. Cullene was saved at the age of six and has been involved in her church and music ministry in some capacity her entire life. She began playing the piano in church in 7th grade and playing the organ in church in 11th grade. Cullene surrendered her life to special service at the age of 12 and has always strived to serve the Lord wherever she can. She loves serving the Lord through music and bringing the joy of the Lord to the worship services.  
Her husband of 43 years, Larry, is a retired Houston Firefighter. They have two wonderful grown sons, Kevin and his wife Tara, and Travis and his wife Shandar. They also have two beautiful grandchildren.

Denise Taylor


Denise and her family started attending South Park in 2009. This is her first time working in a church. Her previous work experience was as a Teachers Aide for Alvin ISD for 16 yrs. She was raised in a Christian home and committed her life to Christ at the age of eight. Denise volunteered as a Sunday School teacher and as a Nursery worker at the church where she grew up. She has been married to her husband Richard Taylor for 34 years, who is currently on the Building and Grounds Committee. They have two grown sons, Ricky and Tyler, as well as two grandchildren.


Aimee Fontenot

Finance Secretary

Aimee and her family joined South Park Baptist in 2007.  Aimee has worked on several church committees, and now serves in TeamKID on Wednesday nights and in the Nursery on Sundays.  She has been a Christian since early childhood and joined the Baptist Church in 1998.

Aimee enjoys working with the kids at church and spends a lot of time as an officer with the AHS Band Boosters where her two sons Michael and Noah play and perform.  Aimee's husband, Mike, is a Deacon and has served on many committees in the church.  Michael and Noah are members of SPY and volunteer with the Children's ministries on Sundays.  Aimee and Mike enjoy coordinating Financial Peace University class at SPBC. 

Aimee's wish is to serve SPBC and The Kingdom where God calls.


Matt Ruzicka

Youth Pastor and Worship Leader

Matt officially joined the team at South Park in May 2013. Starting as a part-time youth pastor, it wasn't long before he came on board full-time to lead worship and serve in other vital areas of the ministry. He's been a Christian since age 13, and has served in ministry at some capacity for most of his adult life - whether through music, missions, preaching, or serving. Before being called to student ministry at South Park, he taught 8th grade English for almost 4 years. Matt is married to his beautiful wife, Allie, who serves with him weekly in youth ministry as well as other areas in the church. Their passion is to see young people experience Jesus and grow to be fully committed followers of him..